European Beers of the Month
Aikman’s Bar~Bistro
The Cellar Bar

Charles Quint (9.0%) named after Charles V - Holy Roman Emperor and father of Philip II of Spain - this is a mid-brown coloured beer - often known as an Old Brown (or Oud Bruin). The aroma isn't strong, but is slightly spicy and yeasty, with elements of fruit. The texture is slightly carbonated, yet pretty full-bodied and heavy. It weighs in at  9% ABV and is a strong bottle conditioned beer. It is brewed using a combination of dark coloured malts and is an unpasteurised second fermentation beer which means that the beer has a certain amount of sediment in the bottle and needs to settle before pouring                                                                                    It combines bitter/sweet flavours and is well balanced throughout. The base flavour is malt, but there is an added fruitiness and a floral sweetness that adds depth. There is also a spicy element that comes through both in the aroma and the taste. The finish is hoppy, with slightly woody, whiskyish tones, leading to an aftertaste that is also sweet, yet quite short lived.




Karmeliet Tripel (8.0%) is still brewed to an authentic beer recipe from 1679 originating in the Carmelite monastery in Dendermonde. Written over three hundred years ago, this recipe describes the use of three kinds of grain wheat oats and barley. The name Triple thus refers to both its origin and its in-bottle fermentation.  Pours golden with a good head and decent lacing. The nose is sweet with some herbal and clove aromas with notes of citrus orange, coriander, lemon, apricots and peach. Softens on the finish to a light breadiness. Mouthfeel is quite carbonated, but soft and sweet. Well balanced, all around a top example of a tripel.

Orval (6.9%) A Trappist beer from the Cistercian Monastery founded in 1132 and completely refurbished and restored by 1948.                                               It pours with a hazy amber orange with a reasonable amount of carbonation which produces a large fluffy head and good lacing. The nose is of lemons and pears, caramel and floral herbs. In taste it starts out dry similar to a champagne but with a finish that is smooth and suggestive of a raisin fruitiness.                                                                   The Trout and ring featured on the label recounts the story of the founder of the Monastery, Countess Mathilde of Tuscany, who, after losing her wedding ring in a fountain and has it returned to her by a trout.




St. Feuillien Blonde (7.5%)- This light ale has a deep golden colour with a smooth, frothy head. It is very perfumed with an unmistakable hint of aromatic hops and a fruity (citrus) note from the spices used in production.
The body has an intense yet distinctive bitterness which is balanced out by a strong malty taste in the finish. The overall effect, however, is a slight dryness and hoppiness.


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Aikman’s Bar~Bistro, 32 Bell Street, St. Andrews 01334 477425